House of the Dragon is set in the same world as Game of Thrones and is a prequel to it. It is based on parts of George RR Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood.
Both the world of Game of Thrones and the world of A Song of Ice and Fire where it was set are fantasy worlds where science and technology do not improve over time. Although Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire are about 200 years apart, we don’t see much change in either area of learning. By the time Game of Thrones begins, magic will have almost entirely vanished from the world, and with it all the progress that humans have made over millennia.
The Maesters are responsible for how knowledge moves across the continent of Westeros. In this feudal society they are the doctors, engineers and teachers, and they almost always work for the ruling class. They don’t seem to care much about making the world a better place or wanting to help. In both shows and books we see them using poppy milk as a pain reliever and anesthetic. Here’s what you need to know if you’re wondering if it’s real.
Is there such a thing as poppy milk?
Poppy milk is an opiate that is usually given to people who are badly injured and in great pain. It’s probably a condensed version of the poppy flower extract. It is called the milk of the poppy because it looks like white milk.
Like I said, there’s a lot in the books and shows. In the first season of Game of Thrones, King Robert I asks Baratheon for poppy milk after he is fatally injured while hunting a wild boar. Later in the season, Eddard “Ned” Stark is injured while fighting Lannister soldiers under the command of Jaime Lannister. Then he gets painkillers. Rhaenyra and Daemon find out in the first season of House of the Dragon that the king was given the milk of the poppy. Rhaenyra wonders if it was done on purpose to confuse the king.
In Martin’s world, poppy milk is used in a similar way to morphine. The poppies in books are probably the same as in the real world. That is, opium is mostly what the milk of the poppy is. Although the poppy plant has long been used to make medicine, there is no real medicine called “milk of the poppy”.
The extract from the colorful poppy plants (Papaver somniferum) has caused much death and destruction that is hard to imagine. At least since 3,400 BC people used it. More than just morphine is made from poppies. Codeine, heroin, and oxycodone are also made from them. Opium and its derivatives have caused countless wars over the years and remain a major cause of war, crime and drug addiction today.
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George RR Martin first opened House of the Dragon, then called The Dance of the Dragons, in the summer of 2016 when he was still writing Fire & Blood. First Carly Wray was in charge, then Bryan Cogman took over. HBO has directly commissioned House of the Dragon for 10 episodes and hired Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot and other episodes. The show was given the green light in October 2019. Ryan Condal will also help direct the show along with Sapochnik. Executive producers include George RR Martin, Vince Gerardis and Casey Bloys. Authors include Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel, Ti Mikkel, Sara Hess and Charmaine DeGraté. Martin has said he would like to write an episode, but he wants to finish The Winds of Winter first. Ramin Djawadi, who wrote the music for Game of Thrones, is coming back to write the music for House of the Dragon. Visual effects company Pixomondo, winners of both Oscar and Emmy awards, announced on July 11, 2021 that they were working on the show. Pixomondo has worked on Game of Thrones in the past.
Ryan Condal said on his podcast The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of that three named Valyrian steel swords from the books were made for the show’s first season. These include Blackfyre and Dark Sister, who belong to the Targaryens.
The first official teaser was released by HBO on October 5, 2021. In February 2022, HBO announced that production on House of the Dragon was complete. A teaser trailer was released on May 5, 2022.
As of mid-July 2022, a month before the premiere, HBO released a series of promotional materials:
Several behind-the-scenes teasers featuring titles such as A New Reign, Returning to Westeros, Before the Dance: An Illustrated History with George RR Martin, Height of an Empire, Noble Houses, and George RR Martin about dragons and their magic.”
On July 20, the House of the Dragon: DracARys app was released.
On July 23, 2022, Jason Concepcion chaired a panel on House of the Dragon at San Diego Comic-Con. Sitting on the podium were writer and producer George RR Martin, co-showrunner and writer Ryan Condal, and several cast members including Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. Miguel Sapochnik, who co-creates and directs the show, was also supposed to be there, but he fell ill and had to cancel.
The world premiere took place on July 27, 2022 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
House of the Dragon will return for a second season on August 26, 2022, five days after the pilot episode.
House of the Dragon Season 1 will be filmed in the UK and Spain. Filming began on April 5, 2021 at Leavesden Studios in London and at the castle on the island of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.
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In January 2020, Casey Bloys, HBO’s program president, said he thought House of the Dragon would launch sometime in 2022. This was later proven to be true in the first teaser. The date of the first episode was later determined to be August 21, 2022.
The title sequence for House of the Dragon is first shown at the beginning of The Rogue Prince, the second installment in the series. It looks and sounds like the one made for Game of Thrones, the show that came before this one. The scene features a three-dimensional model of ancient Valyria as seen by King Viserys I Targaryen in his royal apartment on the show. As the camera moves over the Valyrian city, it focuses on various gears connected by blood running across the model. The Blood traces the history and bloodline of House Targaryen, from the fall of Valyria to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. It begins with the fall of Valyria and connects the various family members, from Aegon the Conqueror to Rhaenyra Targaryen. Meanwhile, the names of the main cast and people who worked on the show are revealed. After about a minute and a half, the sequence is over and the opening credits show who wrote and directed the episode. As new Targaryens are born or married into the family, the title order changes slightly.
If you’ve read George RR Martin’s Fire and Blood, you know how the story of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen ends. But fans were interested in how they would change this piece of source material for House of the Dragon. From the first episode, viewers knew that Rhaenyra liked Daemon and that the prince cared deeply for the heir to the throne.
As the story progressed, we saw Matt Smith’s character, Daemon, and Milly Alcock’s character, Rhaenyra, kiss as they walked around the kingdom. But nothing happened at that point. Viserys found out that Daemon was taking Rhaenyra to a “dirty” part of town, so Daemon proposed to Rhaenyra and told Viserys that he wanted to marry her niece. King Viserys was very angry with him, so he told him to leave King’s Landing. Since then we have seen them together a few times and they still loved each other even though they were married.
Miguel Sapochnik is leaving the successful series “House of the Dragon”. Season 2 will have a new director, Alan Taylor.
Rhaenyra and Daemon have finally said they love each other after 7 long episodes. They ended up having sex on the beach and by the end of the episode they were married. As soon as the wedding scene was posted online, social media went crazy and fans showed how excited they were by giving the scene a big thumbs up.
“DAEMYRA NATION WE WON” was written by one of the fans. “Finally Daemon and Rhaenyra are together,” said another fan. As things should be.” Another fan said, “Finally, Daemon and Rhaenyra are together. How things should be.” When Rhaenyra and Daemon are together, the show is at its best. They’re both great characters on their own, but when they’re together it’s like a fire that nobody can put out.
Another user wrote: “Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen you will always be famous!” “Matt said EP 7 is his favorite so yeah. “Today the Daemyra nation truly won,” tweeted another. “Take me to Dragonstone and marry me.” – Rhaenira. “I will take her as she is and marry her according to our family’s customs.” – A demon. They are soul mates in every way sorry we just keep winning thank you so much,” wrote another.
Rhaenyra and Daemon got married at the end of Episode 7, as is customary for their house. Their children were also present during the small ceremony and it will be interesting to see how they adjust to new relationships and new situations. However, we do know that this is the beginning of the end for House Targaryen and that the real Game of Thrones is about to begin.
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